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National Institute on Drug Abuse Center of Excellence Project Team Members

Co-principal investigators

Barbara A. Schindler, MD
Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics
Drexel University College of Medicine

Paul N. Lanken, MD
Associate Dean for Professionalism and Humanism
Professor of Medicine and Medical Ethics
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

Project Team

Dennis H. Novack, MD
Associate Dean of Medical Education
Professor of Medicine
Drexel University College of Medicine

Charles Dackis, MD
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Chief, Department of Psychiatry
Penn Presbyterian Medical Center

Charles O'Brien, MD, PhD
Kenneth Appel Professor of Psychiatry
Vice Chair, Department of Psychiatry
University of Pennsylvania Treatment Research Center

Founding Team Member

Christof Daetwyler, MD, former associate professor in the Department of Family, Community & Preventive Medicine at Drexel University College of Medicine, and co-founder of, passed away on December 11, 2020. He was a vital asset in the creation of the center.